Pune: Violence mars Bhima Koregaon battle anniversary event

The violence erupted after a group and some members of the crowd on its way to visit the memorial had an argument over some issue.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 1, 2018 9:42 pm
bhima koregaon battle, pune, maharashtra, indian express, British Army, peshwas, dalits, jignesh mewani, Elgaar parishad, section 144 imposed Police have appealed to people to maintain calm and not to believe in rumours. (File)

The event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district, in which the British Army comprising dalits had defeated upper-caste Peshwas, was marred by incidents of stone pelting and vandalism on Monday. The incident occurred in Bhima Koregaon in afternoon when people were heading towards a war memorial in the village, police said.

The violence erupted after a group and some members of the crowd on its way to visit the memorial had an argument over some issue, reports PTI.

“Stone pelting started after the argument. During the violence, vehicles and a house in the vicinity was damaged,” a police officer deployed for bandobast at Bhima Koregaon said without elaborating.

He said the police blocked the vehicular traffic on Pune-Ahmbednagar highway for sometime following the incident. The traffic was finally resumed in evening. The situation in the village is under control now. “More police personnel, including companies of the SRPF, have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident,” the officer said.

He said mobile phone networks were blocked for some time to stop the circulation of inflammatory messages.
The Battle of Bhima Koregaon was fought on January 1, 1818. The British army, which had a large contingent of
dalit Mahars, had defeated the Peshwas. Some Dalit leaders and thinkers view it as a victory of oppressed classes over the upper-caste establishment of those times.

A Peshwa was the equivalent of a modern Prime Minister in the Maratha Empire. Originally, the Peshwas served as
subordinates to the Chhatrapati (the Maratha king), but later, they became the de facto leaders of the Marathas.
Earlier in the day, dalit leader and Independent MLA from Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani visited the memorial in Bhima

Yesterday, he attended “Elgaar parishad” in Pune to commemorate the ‘victory battle’. Police have appealed to people to maintain calm and not to believe in rumours. Section 144 of CrPc was already imposed in the area.

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  1. Avinash Rangra
    Jan 2, 2018 at 2:56 am
    So the Britishers used Indians against Indians to slaughter Indians. How many British 'soldiers' died, ought to be brought before the public.? and how many Britishers lost their lives? Britishers used Indians as fodder to save their empire in both world wars. They did the same in India to promote their interests. What did they do to uplift their friends. Freedom was promised post WW I/II. Nada. Nothing.
    1. Pramod Thanedar
      Jan 2, 2018 at 1:53 am
      Those who want to carry forward the British legacy of divide and rule India will fail miserably. It is in the interests of all Indians to unite irrespective of caste or religion. The down trodden and Dalits in India must remember that they are part and parcel of Indian society and their future is ultimately tied to India's well being. Don't fall prey to leftist and posionous propaganda or else you will take everyone with you to the bottom.
      1. Vaishnav Khade
        Jan 2, 2018 at 12:24 am
        well i had to suffer because of this stuff... 3 hrs normal journey from Ahmednagar to Pune took me around 7 hrs and lot of pain... And all due to some miscreants... Kutha neun thevlay Maharashtra majha ???
        1. Jan 2, 2018 at 12:10 am
          500 mahars had butchered bar baric peshwas and finished hindu rule in India.time has come 120 million dalits mustjoin with 120 million muslims to finish the neo peshwas means Modi and RSS.